An optimal infrastructure is the basis for an effective and efficient IT in every company. Today, the way in which we create, use and store information is evolving at a record-breaking rate and reaching unprecedented proportions. Drastic effects on server hardware, networks and storage systems are the result.
What are the components of an IT infrastructure?
Hardware: The most important factors are memory, number of CPUs and their slots (sockets), a redundant power supply and the above-average quality of the individual components to ensure continuous operation.
Network: For a stable and reliable data center, the network, its connection and the bandwidth are of elementary importance.
Storage: Increasing data volumes and storage space bottlenecks make efficient use of physical storage necessary in data centers. This applies to the compression of corresponding data and requires a more intelligent use of existing resources.
Central storage systems:In addition to the much simpler administration and monitoring, the high availability of the data through redundant write operations on different hard disks (which nevertheless result in a contiguous volume) plays an important role.
What do you need to know about IT infrastructure?
Hardware: The trend is increasingly towards pr-engineered systems (standardized hardware and software) and out-of-the-box solutions. The simplified compatibility makes it possible, for example, to roll out new updates and releases more easily and quickly. This also facilitates commissioning, as the systems are pr-configured and tested before delivery (flexible configuration is still possible). Pre-engineered systems reduce the costs for hardware and the commissioning requires only a small amount of work.
Network: While large companies often have their own connections laid between different data centers, smaller companies are dependent on their existing infrastructure.
Storage: Due to the large amount of unstructured data (images, videos, e-mails, texts), companies need to find an efficient way to manage this data. This is particularly important for storage systems in data centers with high data processing rates. The trend here is away from server-based storage. Instead, there is a growing trend towards a centralized storage system.